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Father’s Day Gift Guide

The ultimate for bluewater angling dads

Updated:

June 5, 2020

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and sometimes it’s impossible to find that perfect gift for the fisherman or boater in the family. Here’s our curated selection of ideas that any man is sure to love.

Pelagic Exo-Tech Ambush Hoody

Pelagic Exo-Tech Ambush Hoody Jon Whittle

The Exo-Tech Ambush Hoody performance fishing shirt offers the flexibility of both a built-in mesh face guard and a vented hoody, depending on the level of protection desired: Wear just one or the other, or double up for those brutal days in the cockpit. There’s also a large front pocket with a secure zipper. Color pattern shown: Ice.

Flor de Caña Rum

Flor de Caña 25 and 12 Jon Whittle

This rum is produced by a fifth-generation single-family estate in Nicaragua. Enriched by an active volcano, naturally aged without sugar and distilled with 100 percent renewable energy, Flor de Caña 12 has aromas of red fruits, honey and toasted nuts, and flavor notes of wood, vanilla and baked apples, with a smooth and well-balanced finish. Flor de Caña 25 is a true ultra-premium 25-year-old rum: full-bodied, dark amber in color, and best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. It has notes of vanilla, wood and dark cocoa, with a full, long finish that lingers on the palate. Save this one for special occasions.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II has the ability to display time simultaneously across two different zones without adjusting the watch. Greenwich Mean Time—GMT—marks mean solar time in Greenwich, London, the location of the original meridian used for calculating longitude and determining different time zones around the world. Details like the two-tone Cerachrom rotating bezel and white gold three-link band make it a winner.

Columbia PFG Terminal Deflector Zero

Columbia PFG Terminal Deflector Zero Jon Whittle

The PFG Terminal Deflector Zero long-sleeve shirt actually deflects sunlight away from you, making you feel instantly cooler than ever before. Combine that with Omni-Freeze Zero sweat-activated super-cooling fabric—plus a higher neckline, sun-warding cuffs, thumb holes in the sleeves and a UPF rating of 50, and it’s no wonder that this is a top choice. Color shown: Vivid blue.

Icom M37 Handheld VHF

Icom M37 Handheld VHF
Icom M37 Handheld VHF Icom

Designed for hardcore use, Icom’s M37 is a 6-watt powerhouse for greater communications range, with up to 12 hours of operation. Features include a large, easy-to-read LED display and a channel-history function, which stores the last five channels used for easy recall at the press of a single button. The M37 is waterproof, and it floats too.

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Garmin Quatix 5

Garmin Quatix 5
Garmin Quatix 5 Garmin

The Quatix 5 GPS smartwatch gives the wearer comprehensive connectivity with compatible Garmin chart plotters and other devices to provide autopilot control, remote waypoint marking, data streaming and much more. Satellite navigation and tracking functions are combined with a three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter.

Yeti Hopper M30

YETI Hopper M30 Cooler
YETI Hopper M30 Jon Whittle

The Hopper M30 has a reengineered opening with a wider mouth for easy loading and unloading, and it incorporates Yeti’s exclusive HydroShield technology—a strip of ultrastrong magnets—rather than a bulky zipper. A pair of quick-release buckles adds additional security for rough-and-tumble travel. Three colors are available: navy, charcoal and river green.


Xtratuf Leather Deck Boots

Xtratuf Leather Ankle Deck Boots

The new leather ankle deck boots from Xtratuf have a 100-percent waterproof membrane as well as a full-grain leather upper for a different twist on the ordinary deck boot. The nonmarking, nonslip chevron outsole grips tight on wet, slippery decks and the fully molded EVA insole ensures all-day comfort on or off the water. Born amid the storm-tossed ocean swells of Alaska’s Bering Sea, Xtratuf boots have been the choice of commercial fishermen for more than 50 years.

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Fraser Optics S250

Fraser Optics S250

An excellent choice for serious offshore work, these fully stabilized binoculars from Fraser Optics have magnesium fluoride-coated optics and up to 98 percent image motion reduction. Another plus: They are submersible, waterproof and buoyant. The S250 is made in the U.S. with a limited lifetime warranty.


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